Balancing blogging and the ‘real’ world
When it comes to blogging, I’ve been fortunate to never feel ‘forced’ to write a blog post or ever half heartedly type up something for the sake of it. Before even contemplating such a thing I would first and foremost consider taking a blogging break.
I’ve often gotten emails from readers or questions from other bloggers asking how I’m able to balance blogging and the ‘real’ world.
I’ll admit it- before blogging and work, calling myself disorganised would be quite accurate. My study habits were all over the place, I’d thrive off last minute plans and I would be chasing my tail to be on top of things. Ironically, since blogging, I’ve developed some great habits, the most important one being BALANCE.
As with anything you enjoy, finding a happy balance without sacrificing other areas of your life is imperative.
– I work a full time job Monday to Friday.
– I enjoy catching up with friends on weekends
– I exercise 4-5 times a week at the gym
– I love trying out new cafes/brunch spots and try to do so (within my budget)
– I LOVE blogging
Saying this, when these are all taken into consideration, blogging comes last on the scale. Not because I don’t enjoy it as much- because I do- but it’s a hobby- simple as that. I can understand how easy it can be to fall into the trap of letting blogging take over. It can even be considered to be stressful when things don’t go according to plan- when in reality, why should it?
When you cancel on plans with friends to focus on the blog? That’s not balance.
When other areas of your life become secondary to your blog? That’s not balance.
When you start lagging in your main occupation because your find is focused on your blog? That’s not balance.
When you forget to call your family but remember to schedule your posts for the day? That’s not balance.
I’ve said it on here before but it’s so important to stipulate- for many or us, blogging is a hobby and should be treated as such. When it starts taking over other areas of your life- perhaps it’s time to take a step back to reevaluate what ‘Balance’ truly means to you.
Should further down the track blogging lead to a different direction or take upon that focus, then perhaps my chronological order of balance may change. For the moment? It sticks as a passionate hobby.
Do you consider yourself to be balanced overall?
How would you tell your ‘balance’ is off?
General thoughts on this?
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